16 Days Call to Action: Day 1 White Ribbons and the Colour Orange.


You MAY have noticed a whole stack of White Ribbons, what is that about anyway?

November 25th marks the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW).

IDEVAW is a United Nations Nominated Day of Action. The day also recognises that women are victims of (Primarily) male violence (i.e. gender based violence) worldwide.

According to United Nations Women website, One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members – See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women#sthash.7yE3xsin.dpuf

Today also kicks off 16 days from 25 November culminating on 10 December (Human Rights Day) committed to consciously stand up in ways which can effectively work toward a solution to these problems.

The Network is proud this year to promote and participate in 16 Days of Activism through our Social Media campaign 16 Days: Call to Action.

Each Day we will post one simple action you can take as an individual to come together as part of efforts to invest and mobilise global change in this area.

This year, for the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women’s call for action is themed ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls’, to amplify and address the funding shortfall.

So how does the Ribbon fit into all this?

White Ribbon Day aligns with IDEVAW and was created initially as a Men’s Movement in efforts to change the tides of damaging perceptions and actions which have been generational encouraging and promoting Violence against Women. 

It is a men’s movement to end violence against women and men’s recognition that women are victims of (primarily) male violence, worldwide.

It is a call to mobilisation and is now supported and recognised in over 57 countries worldwide. 


Today, join us. Learn more about these movements.

Show your support.

Buy a white ribbon, if you can’t – show a white ribbon on your social media platform or share our post with others.

OR Wear Orange and #orangethe world.

“The price of no change is unacceptable”  – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

One thought on “16 Days Call to Action: Day 1 White Ribbons and the Colour Orange.

  1. As a feminist meeting a few other feminists for a drink at the Stag and Hunter in Mayfield last Friday night I took along white ribbon Scissors and pins. I then offered white ribbon to the bar staff who all wore them, and then the band who made a mid gig statement against domestic violence. By the end of the night 40 patrons were wearing white ribbons and we had had to go home to get more pins. I was surprised at how many men were aware of white ribbon day and supported the initiative. I only had 3 knock backs. The thing that really struck me was offering a pin to a guy who teared-up as he had “suffered domestic violence with his mum everyday of his life while living With his dad”. As I pinned the ribbon on it felt like I was awarding him a medal, he stood up taller, touched it gently and I know he was thinking of his mum.

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